Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Sources:Primary Source:Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel To Reel > DAT> CDR; Secondary Source:Master Audience Cassette; AKG 414 mics source supplies the
"Announcements/Intro"(d1t01), the first 0:49 of "Sugaree" (d1t02),from 4:44 thru 5:27 of "Loser"(d1t08),the first 2:03 of
"Big Railroad Blues" (d2t04), as well as from 4:24 thru 5:50 of "Drums" (d3t03)
Patching/CD Mastering & shn'ed by Scott Clugston; To fungus and abgd via Charlie Connor
- Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel To Reel > DAT> CDR; Secondary Source:Master Audience Cassette; AKG 414 mics source
- Anchorage, AK
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- West High Auditorium
Subject: Baked Alaska - Rare HG
I came back to this show because the Sugaree was mentioned and it's said to be the best show of the only-ever Alaska run, as well as one of the best of '80. Thing is, there are a ton of great '80 shows and even runs - particularly since that's the year of the magical 3-set, 15-day Warfield and 8-day Radio City runs, plus others (OTTOMH; 11/30, 10/13&15, 5/6,7&8, 5/15&16, 9/2,3&4, 11/28,29&30; I like parts of 6/7&8 as well). As for Dick's #8, I like this better overall because it has a better first set (but I don't favor late 60s & '70 because the catalog is so limited).
I had a tape of this show that was so low-gen AUD I never listened all the way though. Rectified that! This was the farthest north they played (but not farthest west - that would be Honolulu 1/23&24/70). It would seem weird playing at a High School in '80 but this is actually a regional events auditorium that holds a couple thousand. A 3-dayer, this show's the best of the run (albeit all have highlights). Though I wasn't at this show I've been there on the Solstice when you have a few hours dusk until the sun circles around you and pops up again. It's perfectly trippy, fo sho, and I can picture the scene, what with the colors, the sweet smells in the air, and these sweet renditions surrounding (infiltrating) everybody's heads!
That's a funny story (below) about the taper that didn't want the tape to "get around". I knew some real flaky tapers back in the 80s who were overly-concerned with who "gets to listen to the Dead" and who does not, like it makes your tape sound better if no one else hears the show or something. They wanted to have a little control over the band - anathema to the idea of trading in the first place. I never did figure it out except that these fellows were on a long strange ego trip and weren't on the bus but rather on the trailer the bus was pulling (and it was a flatbed).
First Set. The Sugaree is oft-listed because Jer comes at it from a different angle and because he takes a couple extra measures. It's just fine - but I wouldn't put it in the top 5 of '80 (12/28/79 was the best of the year surrounding this date and 6/13 the best of the month). Plucking one bent note repeatedly is in every guitarist's bag but just not in Jerry's wheelhouse. For Minglewood ("these Alaska girls"), Jer lays a smoker in an otherwise clunky rendition. At this point the set stratos. Candyman is a completely strong version. They're way warmed-up for Me & My Uncle. Check how Jer keeps soloing into the next verse and gets a great fat tone, using more gain/overdrive than he usually did after '73. Going into Big River, he starts soloing immediately, leaving the band to keep up. It's reminiscent of 8/13/75. Loser is fucking nailed. For Lazy Lightning/Supplication, Jer's intense on the 16ths, machine-gun-attacking like he's angry with the song, and '80 was the year for great stand-alones of Feel Like a Stranger.
Second Set. Not as whip-fire as the first, the second set still has some highs, Samson for example, with Jer still right on top of it. Snap! Terrapin is just average ("sane stradows from the flames"), however there's a nice tranny into Playin'. But who's fucking around like a frat boy on the mic during Space? That and Truckin' mark the low point ("Chicago, New York, Alaska it's all the same street"). The rest is well-executed with interesting choices, with Sugar Mag having some neat, crashing chords/riffs/tones. "Juneau, where yr girlfriend's from?". "I dunno Al aska".
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: C
Overall = 4 Stars HG (hidden gem!)
Candyman - This is how you do it
Me & My Uncle - Hear Jer when he gets busy
Big River - It's almost exhausting to take this ride
Loser - Up there with 2/3/78 and 12/29/77
Lazy Lightning/Supplication - Better when it's this intense
Feel Like a Stranger - just about a perfect '80 version
Samson & Delilah - Jer is spitfire
SOURCES: There are so many sources! I guess because Alaska on a Solstice is a curiosity? There are two matrices (including a Hunter Seamons) a Bertha (not good), a Jim Wise, and a Samaritano. But the Miller (miller.113302) is the only one that plays at the correct pitch. It's a huge improvement , with all the patches perfectly blended. Amazing job here, Charlie!
BTW - On the other reviews, calling Anchorage folks "Eskimos" (a perjorative term to some) is like assuming attendees at Canadian shows were all First Nations. Not all native Alaskans are of the Eskimo nation (Yupik and Inupiat) and very few that are even live in the city-of-Anchorage region (if any natives even went to the Dead shows). Just sayin'.
Note: excellent review by kochman (on miller.113302)!
Subject: Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium
I have only seen 171 other shows for comparison, but this run remains one of the most satisfying for me.
Subject: Not bad, not great
Subject: 10 star show!
Subject: PROPPER REVIEW OF THIS SHOW!
go get this one:
ANYWAYS, as far as "best 'eveaaaaaa'..."??? I don't know about that, but Jerry must be enjoying his Persian tonight, because this Sugaree is off the F**KING CHARTS!!!!!!!
As far as the rest of the show I can't say much EXCEPT:
1) Best of the three show Alaska run (and the ONLY time the dead played in Alaska!)
2) Go find "Dr Flashback" and OBEY his reviews- this man knows his stuff. Every show he rates as top 10 is a SHOULD HEAR and every show he rates as a top FIVE is a MUST HEAR! Just...check `em out.
I haven't listened to the whole show (YET) but Sugaree (minus the annoying AUD patch in the beginning,) is FOR THE AGES. Aside from that... classic.
Since it's all subjective and I RARELY hand out FIVE STARS (an exception to that rule is Pauley Pavilion (sp?) 1973- a TRUE five star show. This one? 3.8 so I round it to 4.... the Loser is UP THERE (not BEST EVER) but, hey, four stars is an ACCURATE review of this show and that's being slightly generous. I don't dish out 5 stars like candy... it isn't fair to the NEW HEADS trying to discern all this crap.
So four stars it is. A desert island show? Certainly NOT! But worthy of your attention? Definitely! Now go check out the SBD version (unless you're an AUD freak,) but either way the Sugaree picks up nicely between the 9 and 10 minute mark... I don't know, just check this sucka' out!
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Great show
What's not to like?
Subject: the 3rd night...
Fantastic Sugar Mag.
Subject: a gem for the ages
Subject: Good show
Subject: High at West High
Subject: Heueisen??Still in Juneau?? I miss ya' man!!!
This show always had a spot amongst my most valuable Maxells!! The SBD copy I had for years was always one of my best quality recordings and to me, one of their most unique shows---as much as the Egypt's, to me, PERSONALLY. If you have ever traveled through Alaska and the Yukon, extensively (especially in 1980!!) then you realize the stage that it is for so many unique,uncommon, natural wonders...for those NIT-PICKING this show in relation to their memories of how much better the RR Blues or Big River was in Nassau 1980 or whatever other generic, big city, 5 star EAST COAST venue---YOU ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE!!Great music!
Subject: great setlist
so much here sounds great though. great setlist, and 1980 was such a great year.
as usual, the archive puts a smile on my face, i cant be thankful enough for the sbs provided by the dead.
Subject: Jerry on a role
The final encore is Brokedown Palace, rare for this time. Between 1974 and 1979, they had only played it a dozen times (according to DeadBase). They started playing it with more frequency in the summer of 1980. This one is a good performance, complete with strong harmonies.
Subject: 'Til the sun comes up...or goes down...??
Truly a classic show from the boys, all sorts of highlights, some wild moments in the Loser solo (sidenote: listen to how different that sounds on all the versions here...faskinatin'), nice LL/Supp, Terrapin, Playin'...but as for the best Sugaree ever, Lake Placid has to take the cake...10/17/83...if you haven't heard it, get
VERY ready and then crank it...Jer at his peak.
Speaking of peaking, sounds like the boys were all on various adventures this night in Alaska...one or two extra bears up there this night.
Just another great old Dead show....god bless the good old Archive.org!!!!!!
This is the best web site imaginable.
Subject: great show
Subject: ....was just a dream
Subject: One of my favorite shows ever
Subject: TERRAPIN STATION !!!
Subject: Best supplication ever
Everytime I hear all of the little notes sprinkling thru the solo It validates my opinion of Jerry as one of the great guitar players ever. When I stumbled onto this archive, this was the first thing I went after. This is the BEST Supplication ever (so far anyway...I haven't heard them all but I have heard many.) I remember the first time I played this for my good friend Larry R (Where are you these days Larry?) He was floored. I got exicted watching him be amazed. this is a must have show just for the LL/S.
The Sugaree as noted by others is one of the better ones I have heard. The Stranger is also a real treat.
Subject: Great quality...great show!
Stereo separation sounds great here!
Subject: The SPACE on the inside of the sugar cube
Subject: Sounds great
I see a Bertha remaster and another link to another version (Gans..?) but I can't access it through the LLama..
Anyone know why
Subject: Alaska 1980
Subject: Excellent show
"Chicago, New York, Alaska it's all on the same street"
Subject: Sugaree Rulz!!!
Subject: Sugaree Rulz!!!